Just what is it that relates Austen and Trollope, Brontë and Dickens to Eliot, James, Hardy, and Ford? How do novels like Pride and Prejudice and Barchester Towers and novels like Wuthering Heights and Great Expectations become part of Middlemarch, The Portrait of a Lady, Jude the Obscure, and Parade's End? For Joseph Wiesenfarth, the relationships and connections are bound up in what he calls Gothic Manners. His overarching argument is that the salient elements of two genres, that of the novel of manners and the new Gothic novel, come together and form a synthesis which accounts, in good part, for the greatness of “classical” English fictions. Building upon Bakhtinian premises, and combining scrupulous readings of the texts, Wiesenfarth gives us a balanced blend of theory, history, and interpretation to generate what will be cited as an important new tradition of the novel.
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About the Author
Joseph Wiesenfarth is professor emeritus of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the editor of two collections of essays on Ford and the author of six books, including Gothic Manners and the Classic English Novel, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press.